Dieting and exercising over the holidays can be very challenging. I find the last two weeks of December to be the likeliest two weeks of the year to gain weight. Most people will gain about five pounds or more over the holiday season. We are all so busy and off our normal schedules. Eating right and finding the time to exercise is almost impossible for a number of us; therefore, this year follow my two-week holiday diet and exercise plan to avoid gaining weight over the holidays.
This plan will let you enjoy your favorite foods at holiday parties while eliminating calories at other times of the day so you won’t gain weight. You will be exercising for short periods first thing in the morning (…)
With all the joy and happiness the holidays can bring, it is also a very stressful time. Reducing stress during the holidays can be challenging. There are so many additional things to do such as shopping, hosting parties, going to parties, etc. Just being thrown off your normal schedule can be overwhelming.
How to Reduce Stress During the Holidays (…)
You have to cut down on sodium to have a healthy diet. Most people in America eat an average of 3,400 mg of sodium a day while the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is less than 2,400 mg which is just about a teaspoon of table salt. I recommend you limit your sodium to no more than 1,500 mg per day and even less, if you have high blood pressure. I try to eat less than 1,000 mg of sodium per day.
Research has shown that reducing your sodium to less than 1,300 mg per day can reduce artery stiffness by up to 46 percent in just two weeks (…)
Finding the right gift for someone is never easy. To help you out this holiday season I decided to make up a list of my top 6 health and fitness gift ideas for the fitness enthusiast and athlete. Everything on the list I have personally used and recommend.
Top 6 Fitness Gift Ideas:
1-Bowflex Dumbbells are top on my list. A number of my personal training clients have them and they work great. One stack of weights go from 2.5 pounds up to 52 pounds while not taking up too much room. The exact model I recommend is the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells. I looked around for the best price and found it on Amazon. In addition, I recommend you purchase the matching stand that goes with the dumbbells which is the Bowflex SelectTech 552 / 1090 Dumbbell Stand. Likewise, if you want to go all out, get the bench as well. The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1 is a good value. Anyone who is into resistance training will love this set up (…)
As a personal trainer I get calls all the time from women who say “I need to get skinny quick” or how can I “lose weight fast”. While I think it’s Ok to jump start your weight loss program and try to lose 10 pounds quickly by doing extreme things (like overly exercising) for the short term, I don’t recommend using this approach every time you need to reduce your weight. If you keep on gaining all the weight back that you just lost, you have to find a lifelong strategy to keep yourself lean and fit permanently.
Most adults know themselves and their relationship with food. Anyone who has been struggling with their weight over the years has tried a number of different approaches where some have worked but they always seem to keep gaining the weight back (…)
Resistance Band Exercises are a great way to workout at home, in the gym or when you’re on vacation. They are inexpensive, don’t take up any room in your suitcase or home and can be used in any room in your house, office or hotel. In some ways resistance bands can be more effective than free weights or machines for creating the optimal amount of resistance which is why I use them at the gym all the time instead of the more expensive popular equipment.
What makes the bands more effective then other forms of resistance to achieve a specific goal has to do with the properties of the elastic band. When the bands are stretched or elongated they produce more resistance (…)
Kids in school that consume food that was purchased from vending machines have a greater chance of having a lower quality diet. This can lead to being overweight, obese and more having health problems such as diabetes, and heart disease, according to a study from the University of Michigan Medical School.
The study also compared the USDA lunch program to school food stores (…)
It’s early Thanksgiving morning and my daughter and I started talking about how much fun we were going to have seeing the whole family this holiday. Then we started talking about what foods we will be eating today. I was very curious to find out what foods kids think are healthy. I asked my daughter what are healthy foods for children?
My daughter had a great idea. She quickly emailed a few of her friends to ask them what they thought are healthy foods for kids(…)
One of my personal training clients had to lose weight in 2 weeks. Her daughter was getting married and she was 10lbs pounds over weight and could not fit into her dress. In general, I believe in controlling your weight with diet and not exercise. But if you want to lose as much weight as possible and have only a couple of weeks to do it, I recommend as much exercise as possible with as large of a calorie deficit as you can take.
I don’t like long hard workouts on a daily basis for an extended period of time because they lead to over training, burn out, overuse injuries and a suppressed immune system (…)
Conventional wisdom (CV) will tell you that whole eggs are bad for you due to the cholesterol content. Most people advocate eating only egg whites for the protein while throwing out the yolks because they are high in fat. CV still thinks eating egg yolks will give you heart disease.
We at Fitness Contrarian don’t see any correlation between heart disease and eating whole eggs (…)